225 K-park Korean Restaurant 韓圈韓國餐廳
2016-2017. Tin Shui Wai, Hong Kong 香港天水圍
[Cool Shell, Warm Core]
As a satellite town, Tin Shui Wai represents a typical development away from the main activities happening in and around the downtown area. Areas like this are typified by spot developments, neigbourhoods connected by flyovers, young population, and disoriented and desolate outdoor spaces.
With over five hundred square metres of spaces, the K-park site resonates with these qualities and the idea to create a conceptual outdoor eatery seems a logical approach. What we need to add to all that would be an energetic atmosphere while keeping the inherent quality of the place and location. We constructed fragments of flyovers where diners can enjoy their meals underneath, while appreciating the street art dotted all over the place. The immense space is also accentuated by the open plan with unobstructed ceiling finishes and a moon in the sky. A black transparent shed containing the VIP area anchored the space acting as a found object in the town. The overall mood is deliberately made gloomy to contrast with the 'fire' symbols and the colourful graffiti throughout the restaurant. Together with the heat seeping out from the korean bbq stoves, the relatively cool space is compensated by the proximity of the heat, generating an outdoor dining atmosphere.